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Texas Regulators Face Anger Over Earthquakes Near Disposal Wells

Posted on · In the last few months, dozens of small earthquakes have shook the north Texas town of Azle, outside of Fort Worth. The quakes are thought to be linked to oil and gas drilling in the area. Specifically the disposal of wastewater from drilling — which is typically pumped underground by the millions of gallons. So, last night the state agency that regulates the Texas oil and gas industry held a meeting in the town.

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Where Climate Change Could Hurt Texas Neighborhoods

Posted on · A changing climate could have all sorts of impacts world-wide. But what about in your neighborhood? StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling looks at how some researchers are urging state and city governments to start thinking now about how to protect neighborhoods to vulnerabilities, like a rising sea level and destructive storms.

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Why Foreign Companies Love Texas

Posted on · Foreign companies are investing billions of dollars in Texas industrial plants and oil & gas drilling operations. The money is creating local jobs but in some cases, it’s also allowing foreign countries access to valuable American-made technology. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been looking into this.

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How Texas Voted On Prop 6

Posted on · Proposition 6 — a plan to move $2 billion dollars from the state's Rainy Day Fund to finance water projects in Texas passed with 73% in favor last night. For StateImpact Texas Mose Buchele reports on how the vote went down and what comes next.

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Houston Matters for Wed., Nov. 6, 2013

Posted on · Voters approved a lot Tuesday. They said yes to Mayor Annise Parker, who won re-election. Harris County voters approved a proposed joint inmate processing center. Texans said yes to property tax breaks for veterans and their families, a State Water Implementation Fund, even expanded tax exemptions on aircraft parts. The one big thumbs-down? The Dome. Harris County […]

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Would Igloos Lower Risk Of Fertilizer Explosions?

Posted on · Six months ago in the town of West, a fire at a fertilizer storage facility caused a massive explosion, killing 15 people. In coming weeks, federal regulators are supposed to submit their proposals for what could be done to reduce the risk of explosions where chemical fertilizer is store by the ton. There are at least 74 such facilities in Texas alone. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling looked into what changes might protect communities, including the use of buildings that look like igloos.

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Why Fracking’s Gusher Of Geothermal Energy Is Wasted

Posted on · Across Texas, oil and gas companies have drilled thousands of new wells, bringing up millions of barrels of oil and vast quantities of natural gas. But something else has been shooting up to the surface: millions of gallons of water. Often times that water is very hot — which means it could be put to a very good use. But it's not. Here's why from StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling.

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How Oil & Gas Drillers Are Trying To Earn Creditability With Environmentalists

Posted on · Over the next two years, the federal government will start enforcing new rules on oil & gas drillers. The rules require that the drillers use "green" technologies to reduce the loss of methane gas that comes up out of the ground when new wells are drilled. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been looking into the environmental effects of drilling. He found that some companies are now opening themselves up to new scrutiny to prove what they’re doing won't hurt their neighbors.

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How Hurricanes That Hit The Texas Coast Can Float Giant Tanks

Posted on · We're in the last two months of hurricane season. In years past, big storms have done billions of dollars of damage along the Texas Gulf Coast. Now, questions are being raised about what is not being done to protect one vulnerable type of structure: the huge tanks that hold toxic chemicals and petroleum. High winds and high water can cause them to float, sometimes with disastrous results.

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The Father Of Environmental Justice Sees Danger In How Texas Regulates

Posted on · Texas is leading the nation in creating jobs. One factor is the big growth in the oil and gas industry. But as more wells are drilled and more crude is processed, there are worries about pollution and its effect on communities. Just who benefits and who loses? Here's StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling with more on what's called "environmental justice."

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Texans Use Less Power Than Expected, Baffling State Regulators

Posted on · Something unexpected is happening in Texas when it comes to how much electricity we're all using. It's less than what experts had predicted. Exactly why this is happening is somewhat of a mystery. But as StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling found, the consequences could determine if Texans have to pay more for the electricity they are using.